With two small kids I’m always trying to think of crafts I can do very, very quickly. I thought it might be fun to do a tutorial on how to make a tag blanket as I knew it would be something my daughter would enjoy and therefore also meaning I felt rightious in doing some sewing rather than the housework! I did the majority of this while she had a nap and (as she woke up earlier than planned, boooo), finished the last bit after she’d woken up. I think the whole thing took less than an hour which makes this not only a ‘how to make a tag blanket’ but also a ‘how to get stuff done very quickly while your kids nap’!
How To Make A Tag Blanket:
You will need: Material (mine is from docrafts), ribbon (I used about 3 x 50cm) and an empty packet of babywipes. This is optional but if you have small kids they probably go a bit crazy for the noise these make too so I thought I’d use it to make it a bit more interesting for them!
Iron your material (sorry) then cut it out to be the same shape and size. Obviously bright, bold colours are the most interesting for babies. If you are using a packet of baby wipes inside I would also be wary of avoiding anything too light as the print may show through. Place your material so the outside (patterned) bits face each other and place the wipes packet on the outside of one of these. Fold your strips of ribbon and place them so that they are between the two pattened bits with the loop on the inside of your material. You want to leave enough room for your sewing but not so much that your baby will trap their hand in it.
Pin these in place then sew all around your material, near to the edge. Lave a gap big enough so that you will be able to turn it inside out and remember to backstitch (do a few stitches in each direction) at the beginning and end of your sewing.
As an aside I would like to add that you must not under any circumstances panic if yours does not look perfect. I was really pleased with mine however as I was using vintage cotton (don’t ask) one bit got totally messed up when it decided to fray. As long as it is safe and looks cute that is fine 🙂 I know lots of people are put off sewing stuff because they worry they aren’t ‘good enough’ so I thought I would add a quick don’t panic, your baby will not judge your sewing pointer!
Do let me know if you make one of these as I love sharing other people’s makes.
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Disclaimer: I was sent this material for free from docrafts to review. I really like it and that opinion is very much my own. My daughter also loved this blanket and it convinced her to stay still while I changed her. True facts!